Making A Difference Can Be Contagious
Evelyn Rodriguez on Making a Difference
Kiva is a getting a bit of blogosphere buzz. What really made the difference for me in terms of my own personal urge to contribute - let's face it I'm lazy (that sounds interesting, hmm, maybe I'll get to it, later....) Well, actually Kiva is so successful with their person-to-person loan concept that they're flat out of approved African entrepreneurs to fund at the moment. Reading this Kiva blog entry was the clincher to hook me. When you have galvanized your own immediate stakeholders to this extent, it's wholly contagious:
I was on the phone with Moses [from Uganda, whom also pastors two churches] the other night. We had a lot to talk about because that morning he had sent me an email saying he had quit his job. The note was ambiguous. I got him on the line:
'Yes, Matt. I have met with the elders of the church and I told them I have resigned as Pastor. Now I feel much better. My duties with the church were like a weight dragging me down. I can now fully dedicate what is in my heart to Kiva.'
This was a moment where, in the past, I might have panicked in light of this huge sacrifice. Instead I just listened for more.
'I am off to Tanzania.'
This project has definitely taken on a life of its own.
p.s. I first heard about Kiva through Seth Godin. And in a VERY related vein, Seth's recent post 'Mind, Ours, Everyone's' is probably one of my all-time favorites. Go check it out.